The water was deep in some places and shallow, but floatable in others.
There were almost no rapids, just ripples.
We did hit some rocks and had to watch for them or get turned sideways.
FabHub got turned by a rock in one drop off and got pretty well swamped.
That was the only time we had to use the sponges.
For the record and because I am thinking about it:
June 25th, we put in from some private property below Alderson and got out at Talcott.
Alderson gauge was at 2.97.
Hilldale gauge was at 1.80.
Both considered Lower Runnable by the people who measure such things.
When we run Fort Springs to Alderson we like the gauge to be between 3.5 - 4.0.
Our June 3rd trip in kayaks was 3.51. Splashy and fun.
We have done less than 3 (too shallow) and more than 4 (too fast) in river tubes.
It was not fun for everyone either time.
More than 4 would be good with kayaks, but we haven't tried it yet.